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Space Harrier

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Run… fly… dodge those obstacles, but return fire on wave after wave of attacking aliens. Armed with a really big gun, you have to defend yourself against the alien hordes using your wits to navigate around the screen. But watch out for those end of level bosses!

Originating in the arcades, Space Harrier is a third-person rail shooter with pseudo-3D graphics, set in the same world as Fantasy Zone. The lone titular hero fights aliens with a fireball-launching cannon, which can also be used to transform the hero into a flying rocket. The protagonist is constantly in motion, but the speed of his movement can be regulated by the player.


Space Harrier NES Another boss
Space Harrier Commodore 64 Stage 8 looks similar to stage 2 and features enemies from stage 1
Space Harrier ZX Spectrum In game action
Space Harrier Arcade Keep going.

Alternate Titles

  • "Sega Ages: Space Harrier" -- Japanese Saturn title
  • "スペースハリアー" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

An OK conversion of yet another Sega classic. DOS Satoshi Kunsai (1817)
Faithful Arcade Translation. SEGA 32X gametrader (229)
Excellent arcade translation. SEGA Master System Ash_1 (55)
Perfect Translation of an Old Game SEGA 32X ETJB (418)

The Press Says

Génération 4 SEGA Master System 1987 89 out of 100 89
Retro Gamer Wii Jul, 2009 88 out of 100 88
The Games Machine (UK) Atari ST Nov, 1988 85 out of 100 85
Zzap! Amiga Apr, 1989 85 out of 100 85
Consoles Plus SEGA 32X Mar, 1995 70 out of 100 70
64'er Commodore 64 Feb, 1987 10 out of 15 67
Nintendo Life Wii Oct 17, 2008 6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars 60
Video Games & Computer Entertainment SEGA 32X Mar, 1995 6 out of 10 60
IGN SEGA Master System Nov 03, 2008 4.5 out of 10 45
The Video Game Critic SEGA Master System Dec 14, 2000 F 0


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1001 Video Games

The Arcade version of Space Harrier appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


Space Harrier originally mentioned that it took place in the Fantasy Zone just as the game of the same name, (remember the "Welcome to the Fantasy Zone! Get Ready!" intro?) and many have claimed that the games take place in the same universe considering the similarity in graphic design. While SEGA never made any official statement they did try to capitalize on the similarities with Space Fantasy Zone. An unreleased Fantasy Zone sequel for the PC Engine CD was developed that used the pseudo 3D gameplay of the Space Harrier series but used Opa-Opa and his gang of cute characters and levels.

It is unsure why the game never got released, but several beta copies have been leaked and you can easily find them around the net and run them with an emulator.

Super Scaler technology

First Sega game to come out that used "Super Scaler" technology.

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